A medical doctor, and House of Representative aspirant in the Ika Federal Constituency Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah, has reiterated her promise to enthrone selfless and collective representation in Ika land, if given the mandate come 2011. She stated this while answering questions from newsmen recently in Agbor.
In her words, the C.E.O Delta Doctors in Diaspora, a non-governmental organization, said "the growth and development of Ika nation is my number one priority. During my interactions with some Ikas, especially those in the rural areas, I was able to pin point three key areas that needed attention. That was how I came up with my three point agenda.
According to her "the first of the three point agenda is the provision of affordable, accessible and qualitative health care. Second is the provision of qualitative education. And third is on women empowerment.
"The qualitative health care I am promising is the one that will be felt and enjoyed by everyone. Medicine is dear and passionate to me, with that, I intend to provide quality health care to all the indigenes in Ika community. I have assessed the various health centres, which I have visited and found out that they require medical equipment. Looking at the Agbor Central Hospital, though the Delta State Government has tried in equipping it but more still have to be done. I want to influence the upgrading of the hospital to a teaching hospital," she promised.
This she reasoned, will help to reduce infant mortality rate, as well as accident victims who died as a result of low standard of emergency equipment. Explaining further," I was well educated by my people, so I know the importance of education. The College of Education, Agbor has served the community, but I will influence its upgrading, at least to a federal University. This will reduce the number of people leaving the College to other tertiary institutions" the area of women empowerment, which is her three point agenda, she said" I will use micro-credit finance to empower women. I will also look at the age group, which will form as one of my areas of empowerment," she promised.
Dr. Mrs. Okobah, However, said she sincerely commended the proponents of one man, one vote in Nigeria, saying " we in the diasporas, earnestly look forward to the implementation of the one man one vote campaign. We strongly encourage it, pray and believe that it will come to reality. Although, I know that if is not possible to have a fresh voters register but if we are serious, it is achievable".
Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah graduated from the University of Benin in 1990, did her House manship and National Youth Service in Lagos. She worked briefly in Lagos before relocating to the United States in 2000 where she established her own private hospital at Atlanta George, after obtaining a masters degree certificates in Public Health. Currently, she is aspiring to represent Ika Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja.